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Italian baby girl

Choosing an Italian name is a lovely way to pay homage to your roots. Whether it's a unique take on a popular American name or a name that oozes with romance, Italian names are a great way to go.

Italian baby names

Looking for a beautiful Italian name for your baby girl or boy? Look no further. Running the gamut from the traditional to the unusual, there are many beautiful Italian names to choose from.

If you are searching for a baby name that will just scream Bellissimo! and appeal to your Mediterranean roots, then these Italian baby names might just be perfect for you.

To best use this selection of names, get out a pad and paper and write down the names that appeal to you while you read through the lists. Have your baby's father do the same. Then, pare the lists down and compare notes.

There are many reasons for choosing a baby name. Perhaps it's one that has always struck a chord with you. Perhaps it's a family name. Or maybe it's a name that honors your heritage. Whatever the case, you want to think carefully when choosing a name for your little one. Does this name flow well with your last name? Will it be appropriate when the baby is 2, and also when your child is 52?

Italian names with English equivalents

Sometimes, words just sound better in a different language. These Italian names are the equivalent of common English-language names, but they sound and look a little different.

Italian boy names

Italian girl names

Romantic Italian baby names

The Italian language falls under the umbrella of romance languages, so there are many wonderful romantic names to choose from. These are a few of our favorites.

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Famous Italian names

There are so many famous Italian folks out there working in entertainment, the food industry, fashion and more. So it should come as no surprise that there are many Italian names that can be traced to famous folks and characters. While not everyone on the list is actually Italian, their names have that exotic Italian sound. Here are a few notable ones.

Celebrity baby boy names

  • Antonio - Movie star Antonio Banderas
  • Benito - Italian dictator Benito Mussolini
  • Dante - Famous Italian poet Dante Alighieri
  • Dino - Fred Flintstone's purple dinosaur pet
  • Elmo - Sesame Street personality
  • Fabio - Known only by his first name, Fabio was a popular model and actor in the '90s
  • Giorgio - Renowned Italian designer Giorgio Armani
  • Leonardo - Actor Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Mario - The X Factor host and former Saved by the Bell star Mario Lopez

Celebrity baby girl names

  • Aida - Food Network personality Aida Mollenkamp
  • Giada - Food Network star and chef Giada De Laurentiis
  • Clarissa - Fictional character played by Melissa Joan Hart on Nickelodeon show
  • Donatella - Renowned designer Donatella Versace
  • Gabriella - Fictional High School Musical character played by Vanessa Hudgens
  • Madonna - Famous singer
  • Rosalie - Fictional character in the Twilight series, Rosalie Hale

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Comments on "Italian baby names: Unique and melodic"

michelle February 22, 2014 | 5:53 PM

Actually darcy they r all Italian, my fiance has family in italy and all thier names are thier including Marcello....c is pernounced ch...for example cinzia is an italian name, for cinthia...ch in italian is pernounced with a k, chiara, kiara(AMERICAN)I have alessio and marisa...not marrissa(marie-sa)and u-less-e-o...the research is good...also didnt katia, valerio....

Tonya January 17, 2013 | 6:46 AM

In response to Darcy's comment above, Niccolo can be spelled with two c's and maintain its Italian origin, as Niccolò Machiavelli was born in Florence on May 3, 1469 and died in Florence on June 21, 1527. He was a philosopher, statesman, and political theorist and is often referred to as the “father of modern political theory.

Katie December 12, 2012 | 2:40 PM

Love a lot of these names! Giada is very pretty :)

SheKnows Editors December 08, 2012 | 7:35 PM

Thank you for your input, Darcy and Vicenzo. We're working on updating this article and hope to have it corrected very soon!

Vincenzo December 06, 2012 | 5:58 PM

Thank you very much 'darcy'! I was a lil confused myself by many a name listed here. Bad research! Um...I am thinking the 'editors' should respond, eh! I mean corrections are in order, as any self-respecting publication should hold themselves to the same standards as our newspapers. Abhorrent!

darcy December 28, 2009 | 3:14 AM

I don't know who is doing your research but many of the Italian names you claim are English equivalents are incorrect, misspelled or are non existent Italian names. The correct Italian names to your English equivalents are: MARTINO = Martin (not Marcello as you claim - Marcello = Marcel) RODOLFO = Rudulph (not Ralph - RAPHAELE = Ralph) VITTORIO (not VITTORE)= Victor (not Vincent - VINCENZO = Vincent) LUCIO = Lucus not Luke (LUCA = Luke) ANIELA - No Such Name in Italian ANGELA = Angela (not Aniela) GIOGETTA - No Such Name in Italian (It is unpronounceable in Italian, if this name did exist, it would have to be spelled 'GiogIetta' or 'GiogHetta'. GIORGIA = Georgia (Not Giogetta) ELIZABETTA = Elizabeth (Not Isabella, ISABELLA = Isabella) ROSA = Rose (not Rosetta - ROSETTA = Rosette) ANNA = Anne/Anna (Vanni is not an Italian name, it does not exist) In your Italian Boy Names List: ELISEO not Elisio FILIPPO not Felippo GIACOMO not Geocomo (which means James in English) MARCO or MARCELLO - there is no such name as Marcio in Italian NICOLO' or Nicola not Niccolo (which means Nicholas in Italian) Tiernan does not exist in Italian and should be obvious to all Italian Girl Names List: Ceria - does not exist Donya - does not exist (in fact the Italian alphabet does not have a 'Y') ELENA not Elene ORIANA not Oria Sistine does not exist as an Italian name for a person, if it did it would be Sistina Torri - does not exist (Vittoria = Victoria) VALERIA not Valere I hope this helps those who are seriously looking for Italian baby names, as well as SARAH W. CARON (the author of this article) to CHECK her SOURCES and DO a BETTER JOB AT RESEARCHING and EDITING BEFORE she POSTS her information!

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